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Tech News Today 160: Peaced Off

by TWiT

Published January 18, 2011


Comcast/NBCU merger approved, Apple smashes expectations, computer controlled worms, and more.


Run time 46:09
Producer TWiT
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English

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Tom Merritt
Sarah Lane
Patrick Norton
Jason Howell

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Top Stories

"Cable-ization of the open Internet": Comcast/NBCU deal approved
A Media Colossus Is Born: Feds Approve Comcast-NBCU Merger
DOJ’s Approval Of Comcast-NBCU Contingent On Giving Up Role In Hulu
Regulators approve Comcast-NBC Universal de
Among the conditions and commitments Comcast has made are to “increase local news coverage to viewers; expand children’s programming; enhance the diversity of programming available to Spanish-speaking viewers; offer broadband services to low-income Americans at reduced monthly prices; and provide high-speed broadband to schools, libraries and underserved communities, among other public benefits,” according to a FCC press release.

Facebook thinks twice on giving dev access to phone, address data
Those Facebook "stalker apps"? They don't work, so avoid them

Exclusive: HP / Palm's webOS tablets -- pictures, plans, and more
More HP webOS tablet details leak, with images


Discussion Stories

Apple's FY2011 Q1 earnings call 2 PM Pacific
Apple Crushes Earnings
Tablet market grows 45% quarter over quarter, driven by iPad
Record Mac, iPhone, iPad Sales Drive Highest Revenue and Earnings Ever. Revenue Grows 71 Percent; Earnings Grow 78 Percent
Live stock quotes
Video Is 40% Of All Mobile Traffic, But Most Of Us Don’t Watch It
HBO: Netflix must charge more to use our content
Netflix spends 20 times more on postage than bandwidth

Sprint to levy extra $10 charge for "premium" 3G data use
Sprint increasing 3G data plan pricing by $10/mo, calling it 'premium data'

Google Court Watch
Google to spar in Spain court over privacy rights
Google agreement ends Italian antitrust case


News Fuse

The folks believed responsible for hacking into AT&T last summer and grabbing the emails of famous iPad users like Rahm Emmanuel and Harvey Weinstein, have been arrested. Daniel Spitler, 26, of San Francisco and Andrew Auernheimer, 25, of Fayetteville, Ark., have each been charged with one count of fraud and one count of conspiracy to access a computer without authorization, the U.S. prosecutors announced today in Newark, N.J.

Gamestop, the US video game retailer, is planning to open a digital game marketplace on Android. The application will be called Kongregate Arcade, which will leverage those same experiences found online. The app will be available to users from the Android Market for free. Inside the game, users will be have access to 300 free games to start.

There will be absolutely no reason not to buy Portal 2 for the PS3 when it finally comes out this spring. Not only will you get the PS3 version with full Steam integration, but you'll get a free copy of the game for the PC and Mac OS X by linking your PlayStation Network and Steam accounts. AND Your game saves can be kept in the cloud to be accessed from any system.

Johnny Chung Lee, one of the core engineers working on Microsoft's Kinect has left Redmond for Google. Lee blogged that after two years with Microsoft he has joined what he called a Google "special projects team". Go Internet! Begin your wild speculation about Google motion control of CR-48s and social-media games you can control with but a flick of your finger! It's what you do best.

Acer plans to bring multi-core SandyBridge goodness to Android-based tablets. A company sales manager told IDG that two to three new tablets, sized at either 7 or 10 inches diagonally, for the first half of this year. The tablet launches will begin a gradual replacement of Acer's small laptop-style netbook computers, in line with market demands, Taiwan sales manager Lu Bing-hsian said.

Well-known digital activist, software developer and Tunisian Pirate Party member Slim Amamou has been asked to serve as the country's state secretary for youth and sports. He was arrested and jailed a week ago, released a few days later and fled the country. His position will last until new elections are held within the next few months.

Bill Gates is the fifth most admired man according to a USA Today/Gallup poll. While 5th isn't bad, he's actually still in front of the Pope and the Dalai Lama. The results were based on landline and cellular phone surveys with 1,019 adults living in the continental U.S. Gates was named by just over 2% of respondents. President Obama was number 1 named by 22%.

Kickers and Weird Science

Harvard University controls worm with laser, we wait for choreographed dance moves (video)

Calendar

Today: Microsoft Brings the First Piece of Office to the iPhone: OneNote

Today: Roku makes cable channel WealthTV available for $3 a month on Roku devices.

White iPhone 4 Appears in Best Buy Inventory System With February 27th Launch Date

Voicemail

Brian the Cake Delivery guy: Fonts at work

Email

I'm listening to your telling us that Samsung has not updated a phone to 2.2. I'm finding the same thing with my HTC Mytouch Slide. It was supposed to be released to the phone by December 15. It still hasn't happened. It seems the same shenanigans that Samsung is pulling is being pulled by HTC. - David

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